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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Jon in Shite in Miniature II   
    Loose replica of the 55 Chevy from Two Lane Blacktop finally finished after more than 25 years:
     
     
    Not one of my best, but good to see it one piece at last. Means I have licence to start one or two more - I seem to have gone a bit Chevrolet crazy as I'm currently doing a '67 Impala with a Corvette ZR-1's engine, and then I'm building the Corvette as a quick kerbside build as it'll get another box off the shelf. Need to start something Japanese too.
    In between jobs on the '55 I sorted out my American kits, as they'd become a bit scattered and I was losing track of what I'd got. A number of them were bought cheaply as engine donors, and some for their misery/obscurity:

    I quite like the Citation Turbo X kit, but that modified "X" version is terrible.
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    Spottedlaurel reacted to Split_Pin in Shite in Miniature II   
    Made a start on the Range Rover.
    I was tempted to do a tan interior but there's absolutely no way that would ever appear on a hard-wearing Police vehicle.
    So most of it is Matt black except springs, brake discs and the light bar!

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    Spottedlaurel reacted to Jon in Shite in Miniature II   
    If I can be so bold as to join in the 'end of year tat account' contributions, it appears that 2020 was a flipping epic one for me. Here, in chronological order of photos taken, are my personal highlights:
     

    Spot On Land Rover, repainted at least twice. This is how it shall remain in my ownership.
     

    Gama 1/43 MkII Golf, came as part of a set of 4, for around £5 delivered during lockdown. I can happily live with the odd remaining marker pen daubing, as I managed to get rid of most of it.
     

    Schuco 1/43 Passat cost only a little more but is in lovely shape and in general, this is 'peak 1/43' for me (barring USSR stuff).
     

    Scammel was part of a value-laden lockdown delivery. In my eyes, the daubed yellow headlights actually work very well.
     

    Despite suffering from auction fever with this one, not noticing that its bubble pack had been sliced open, it did mean that I could at least touch and document this Commer Walk-Thru. Look at that fresh paint and unscratched window glass!
     
    2020 was also a pleasingly Siku-heavy year for me:

    This was also from the same lo-cost, high-gain auction win as the Scammel and again, I don't dislike the painted headlights.
     

    I heart skinny wheel Sikus.
     

    They're just so right.
     

    Fat wheel ones are OK too, though.
     

    I even dabbled in some early 90's ones, which is new territory for me. I'm beginning to warm to this era. (EDIT: I think I got the Astra in 2019, sorry!)
     

    All barring the bay window VW were bought in '20. Featured here is Mrs_Jon's famed yoga mat, which makes an excellent shooting stage for group shots.
     

    A mixed bag of small tat bought again for a pocket money price. A few of these turned out to be PlayArt castings, so it appears I'm now somewhat a collector of these! 
     

    Half of these were bought last year but I've since acquired a few more to add into the mix!
     

    Yoga mat is also good to highlight features of single cars, too. I've since bought another Corgi 1/36, which has been a long-termer on the personal wish list.
     

    Period-correct material for the subject can be useful, too. Only the Lotus was bought last year as I don't think I knew of its existence. Very happy to have scored it from an antiques dealer for less than £5!
     

    On the subject of Dinkies, I was very fortunate to nab a couple of the Hong Kong issued ones, though I must admit I'm now on the prowl for a Corvair to go with them.
     

     

    I also added another Impy to my collection, doubling the total in the process. I did miss out on a mint/boxed Viva coupe but on reflection, I'm happy to have lost, as it really was beyond my 'hobby' budget.
     
    Anyway, apologies for the indulgence but here's hoping that 2021 is fruitful, too. I'm yet to book a slot in for some camera time, as I've tasty entrants from Majorette, Lesney, Corgi, Gama, Schuco and Spot On to add, as well as others I've totally forgotten. Hopefully I'll get the chance in the next couple of weeks!
     
     
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    Spottedlaurel reacted to barrett in Shite in Miniature II   
    I know it's common, but I just picked up a nice Corgi Fulvia Zagato, because I've always been intrigued by the choice of casting, the prototype is one of my favourite cars and I thought it would make a nice comparison with my Mebetoys Fulvia coupe.


    if i had money, and I collected toy cars, I would really like to put together a little agglomeration of 1960s/early 70s European GT and low-volume coachbuilt cars. Some of the subjects were just wild, particularly from the Italian companies, but even Dinky did a few really weird things like the Monteverdi 375.
    If anyone sees a cheap Solido Alfa Zagato Junior, let me know...
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    Spottedlaurel reacted to richykitchy in As 2020 hasn't been awful enough yet: My £750 Citroen C6!   
    (this was from 15/12/20 - less an update and more an idle musing having used the car a little bit and began getting to know it slightly better)
    Having obtained a year's ticket, I threw some tax on the C6 at the beginning of December and decided to start using it as-is. My logic (or lack-of) was that now I have a replacement gearbox, it doesn't matter too much if this one dies on the side of a road. Apart from the prospect of having to push an 1850kg car with huge tyres and a busted automatic gearbox, of course.
    First things first, I owe the C6 (in general) an apology. A while back, having read "Citroen SM: Accidental Death of an Icon", I got a little more passionate about Citroen in the pre-PSA days (I defy anybody who reads that book not to) and decided that, unless a model was genuinely innovative, that it was not a real Citroen. Therefore, the C6 was more a technical exercise for the company, which might also aid marketing, and the last true Citroen was, in my opinion, the Xantia Activa.
    Well, I don't think I'm hugely far away about the C6. It isn't really that innovative, in that there isn't much on it that is new or hasn't been seen on other cars, at some point. The suspension is an evolution of that used on the C5 (the fugly one too), and things like laminated side-windows had already been used on the C4, let alone other brands like Mercedes, who I'm sure also fitted a heads-up display to some S-Classes. Oh, and headlamps that steer around corners? Pah! They've been around since 1967! (1970, if you want them to self-level). 
    However, I needed to cut Citroen some slack. I mean, how many things can you keep inventing? And just because you think of something new, doesn't mean people are going to buy the car, it just means losers like me get excited about it when the arse has fallen out of their resale value, and one or two of those innovations might still work...intermittantly, at least.
    The other, more important reason, is that Citroen need a massive, MASSIVE pat on the back for even getting this thing past the PSA accountants. It just makes no sense! They knew they wouldn't sell any - regardless of how good it was - and even with some heavy parts-bin raiding (there are a LOT of shared components with all manner of other mainsteam PSA cars, mainly C5 and Peugeot 407) it was still going to cost a bomb to make. Even at £38k, I'd be surprised if they made much of a profit on it. And that's before you consider that the car itself was massively late to release! It was meant to be ready five years previously, and it's no surprise that, despite it being a newer car than the C4 I've replaced it with, the C4 feels more modern. Looks-wise, the C6 is a little timeless, to my eyes, but in terms of the trim and the interior, it's all very mid-naughties.
    Still, you overlook the Pug 407 stereo and heater panel, or the C4 door handles and centre caps. You overlook the billy-basic side repeaters, too. Why? Because you can sense the enthusiasm of the designers every time you open the door. You don't stop looking at it; Well, I know I don't! You keep finding new angles that you never noticed design details on before, and it feels special every time you're stood near it. And that, is why this is a true Citroen: It feels special!
    The more hundrum PSA-based mainstream cars produced wearing double-chevrons might not (although they certainly feel more interesting than their rather conservative Peugeot counterparts), but the C6 does stand apart. My C4 VTS has a certain element of 'funkiness' about it (I don't mean it stinks), but it's purely style over substance as underneath it's thoroughly average. A Ford Focus drives much, much better.
    The C6 is funky; different; stylish; eye-catching and 'out-there', but more than that, it's still a wafty Citroen. Sure, it doesn't neccessarily do anything new or different to previous Chevron offerings, but who says it needs to? Couple everything it does with everything it is, and it's every inch the traditional Citroen.
    There, you heard it here first; I was wrong!
    I'll do a progress-report on the £750 C6 soon, I promise. Short-version: I love it! It's still saddled with faults, and there is still a lot of work to be done, but I'm feeling that it's worth doing it now much more than I was when I got it. I think when it arrived, I bought it and set about fixing it simply due to protocol; I'd bought a car that most people run away from (even in perfect condition), and it was all a bit of a joke and a bit of fun, and I've got a ramp so I might as well fix it etc. Nothing to lose and all that.
    Well, that's changed. I now want this car to work as well as it possible can, simply because it's my favourite way of getting around. It's the car that, right now, I would choose to drive out of all the cars I currently own, and that's despite the faults. Faults which prevent you from being able to do more than about 10 miles in it before it makes it so obvious that it's in pain you feel bad for setting off.
    The big repair will come, I'm just waiting for a ramp. I'll go into details about my adventures so far later on, though.

     
    (and that's as far as the other thread has got! Yes, I can waffle on a bit too easily!)
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    Spottedlaurel reacted to worldofceri in eBay tat volume 3.   
    Cor!  
    When I was a kid I thought these had really neat styling. Not sure why. I was a strange child.

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    Spottedlaurel reacted to morrisoxide in eBay tat volume 3.   
    In that there London.
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mitsubishi-Galant-GL-Saloon-1600cc-Barn-Find-Original-Survivor/313361891085?hash=item48f5d2ff0d:g:6~sAAOSwlXJf6lR9
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from AndyW201 in Shite in Miniature II   
    I'll have to watch out for that when I do mine.
    Whenever possible I avoid using glue to fix any 'glass'. PVA is good for securing it if the fit is OK, but cement/superglue will cause fogging. I prefer a little bit of Magic Tape if there's a bit of overlap and it won't be seen outside.
    Looking good otherwise though.
    I'm currently working on a '67 Impala with a '90s Corvette engine upgrade:
    Trying to keep it looking quite low-key outside, painting it ARG Sandalwood Beige.
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    Spottedlaurel reacted to Split_Pin in Shite in Miniature II   
    Finished the Transit. Despite some fit issues, it's a splendid model, if a bit basic. I think the tooling is fairly old though.
    I couldn't think what to do with it so I opted to fit the front splitter,  made an aerial and left it clean.  I can apply the Police paraphernalia later if I change my mind.
    My mum's friend who was mad keen on all aspects of modelmaking,  showed me how to make flexible aerials using a candle and a bit of scrap sprue. The one he made to show me way back in 1994 is still fitted to the MK2 Escort I was building at the time.






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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Burnside in Shite in Miniature II   
    I'll have to watch out for that when I do mine.
    Whenever possible I avoid using glue to fix any 'glass'. PVA is good for securing it if the fit is OK, but cement/superglue will cause fogging. I prefer a little bit of Magic Tape if there's a bit of overlap and it won't be seen outside.
    Looking good otherwise though.
    I'm currently working on a '67 Impala with a '90s Corvette engine upgrade:
    Trying to keep it looking quite low-key outside, painting it ARG Sandalwood Beige.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from andrew e in Shite in Miniature II   
    I'll have to watch out for that when I do mine.
    Whenever possible I avoid using glue to fix any 'glass'. PVA is good for securing it if the fit is OK, but cement/superglue will cause fogging. I prefer a little bit of Magic Tape if there's a bit of overlap and it won't be seen outside.
    Looking good otherwise though.
    I'm currently working on a '67 Impala with a '90s Corvette engine upgrade:
    Trying to keep it looking quite low-key outside, painting it ARG Sandalwood Beige.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Amishtat in Shite in Miniature II   
    I'll have to watch out for that when I do mine.
    Whenever possible I avoid using glue to fix any 'glass'. PVA is good for securing it if the fit is OK, but cement/superglue will cause fogging. I prefer a little bit of Magic Tape if there's a bit of overlap and it won't be seen outside.
    Looking good otherwise though.
    I'm currently working on a '67 Impala with a '90s Corvette engine upgrade:
    Trying to keep it looking quite low-key outside, painting it ARG Sandalwood Beige.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from LightBulbFun in Cars you didn't know existed until very recently.   
    I recognise that photo. It was local to me and I went to view it on behalf of MatT (longtime AS member who we sadly don't see much of nowadays).
    That Ford Aztec (Mazda 323) reminded me of the Festiva:

    As seen on the Baz Renault 9 collection mission in 2007, and believed to be Australian-spec. I assumed it was related to the 323, but no, it appears to be a separate model. There's even a 3-door which looks not unlike the 323/Aztec.
    Also sold as Ford Aspire in the USA, and Kia Avella (which apparently reached Malta).
    First-gen Festiva was a rebadged Mazda 121/Kia Pride, and for Japan only the third-gen model was a Demio.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from worldofceri in End of year Tat Accounts.   
    In:
    Out:
    None, I'm rubbish at selling cars.
    Unchanged:
    RX450h, Camry estate and spares car, Sunny, Laurel and 1200 all still here.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from antony denman in Shite in Miniature II   
    I'll have to watch out for that when I do mine.
    Whenever possible I avoid using glue to fix any 'glass'. PVA is good for securing it if the fit is OK, but cement/superglue will cause fogging. I prefer a little bit of Magic Tape if there's a bit of overlap and it won't be seen outside.
    Looking good otherwise though.
    I'm currently working on a '67 Impala with a '90s Corvette engine upgrade:
    Trying to keep it looking quite low-key outside, painting it ARG Sandalwood Beige.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Split_Pin in Shite in Miniature II   
    I'll have to watch out for that when I do mine.
    Whenever possible I avoid using glue to fix any 'glass'. PVA is good for securing it if the fit is OK, but cement/superglue will cause fogging. I prefer a little bit of Magic Tape if there's a bit of overlap and it won't be seen outside.
    Looking good otherwise though.
    I'm currently working on a '67 Impala with a '90s Corvette engine upgrade:
    Trying to keep it looking quite low-key outside, painting it ARG Sandalwood Beige.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from bunglebus in Shite in Miniature II   
    I'll have to watch out for that when I do mine.
    Whenever possible I avoid using glue to fix any 'glass'. PVA is good for securing it if the fit is OK, but cement/superglue will cause fogging. I prefer a little bit of Magic Tape if there's a bit of overlap and it won't be seen outside.
    Looking good otherwise though.
    I'm currently working on a '67 Impala with a '90s Corvette engine upgrade:
    Trying to keep it looking quite low-key outside, painting it ARG Sandalwood Beige.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from wuvvum in Cars you didn't know existed until very recently.   
    I recognise that photo. It was local to me and I went to view it on behalf of MatT (longtime AS member who we sadly don't see much of nowadays).
    That Ford Aztec (Mazda 323) reminded me of the Festiva:

    As seen on the Baz Renault 9 collection mission in 2007, and believed to be Australian-spec. I assumed it was related to the 323, but no, it appears to be a separate model. There's even a 3-door which looks not unlike the 323/Aztec.
    Also sold as Ford Aspire in the USA, and Kia Avella (which apparently reached Malta).
    First-gen Festiva was a rebadged Mazda 121/Kia Pride, and for Japan only the third-gen model was a Demio.
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    Spottedlaurel reacted to Motown in The Castle Gresley Rover 820   
    Look how well it’s cleaned up!!! Windscreen aperture is now free from corrosion and fairly clean and smooth despite taking a hammering at some stage. Currently awaiting new windscreen which is getting fitted on the 4th. Then it’s new brakes new belts and interior refitting before it’s off for an MOT. 🤞😁
     

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    Spottedlaurel reacted to Split_Pin in Shite in Miniature II   
    Quite easy to build, coming along nicely.
    I was tempted to leave it as a civvy van bit it will be more interesting as a Police vehicle in the long run, plus the Range Rover is definitely going into that livery.
    There's an optional chin spoiler which I'm going to fit.

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    Spottedlaurel reacted to Ghosty in eBay tat volume 3.   
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/TOYOTA-CARINA-E-1-6-XLi-5DR-HATCH-PENSIONER-OWNER-2KEYS-SROOF-TIDY-CAR/383877210968?hash=item5960dd6358:g:0qUAAOSwH-Rf58lV
     


    So basic it even has solid paint. 
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Burnside in Shite in Miniature II   
    This was a present yesterday (although I'd chosen and paid for it myself):

    And I recently got these:

    I primarily got them for nostalgia value, as I remember the AMT and Matchbox tie-in and I may have a catalogue with this pair in them. The Mustang has surfaced a few times since then and I believe it's the basis for the 1971 007 car that they've just released. I was hoping the Monza could be built standard, but I'd have to modify the front bumper and spoiler as it only has one to suit the wide arches.
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Burnside in Shite in Miniature II   
    And mine is out in the shed
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Burnside in Shite in Miniature II   
    Good to see another one of these, even if it's not perfect and a couple of the forklifts are missing:

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-Rare-1976-Matchbox-Lesney-Container-Port-Play-Set-PS1/164589336418
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    Spottedlaurel got a reaction from Split_Pin in Shite in Miniature II   
    Good to see another one of these, even if it's not perfect and a couple of the forklifts are missing:

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-Rare-1976-Matchbox-Lesney-Container-Port-Play-Set-PS1/164589336418
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